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12:10 PM ET, October 24, 2016

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Trump loses, news organizations should break their ratings-driven habit of giving him heavy coverage  —  In the final pages of Richard Ben Cramer's seminal book about presidential politics, “What It Takes,” Michael Dukakis looks around in wonderment at the scene outside his Massachusetts home less …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
The New York Times is buying online consumer guide The Wirecutter, founded by former Gizmodo editor Brian Lam, for more than $30M  —  Brian Lam sells his online consumer guide to the paper of record.  —  The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter, a five-year-old online consumer guide.
James Ball / BuzzFeed:
How WikiLeaks and Assange haven't changed, even though they're now darlings of the alt-right instead of the left  —  The Wikileaks founder is out to settle a score with Hillary Clinton and to reassert himself as a player on the world stage, says BuzzFeed News special correspondent James Ball, who worked for Assange at Wikileaks.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Resistance from Time Warner execs like Jeff Bewkes, head of HBO at the time, doomed the AOL merger, which raises questions about the prospects of the AT&T deal  —  The 2000 merger with AOL made Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes nauseated, so what's different now?  —  In the end, I guess you could finally say Steve Case was right.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
MTV President Sean Atkins steps down after little over a year in the role, as the channel failed to reverse trend of downward ratings  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sean Atkins is stepping down as president of MTV a little more than a year after joining the network.  I've learned that Atkins opted to leave …
Neil W. McCabe / Breitbart:
Former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling gets daily talk show on Breitbart.com, starting Monday, broadcasting weekdays from 9am-11am ET  —  The pitching hero of the 2004 Red Sox World Series championship season told Breitbart News: Sunday Edition he launches his daily Breitbart.com talk show Monday.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Business Insider launches Markets Insider, a markets data and news site with a global focus, powered by data from Finanzen.net, Axel Springer's finance portal  —  The publisher's relationship with the German media conglomerate is growing closer  —  Business Insider's partnership …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Interview with Tim Wu about his new book The Attention Merchants, the origins of modern advertising, and the effects of ads on journalism  —  Harvesting was perhaps the original U.S. industrial activity.  Economic growth relied on the reliable conversion of plants and animals into salable products, like cotton and beef.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Viacom to test incorporating live streams from viewers into TV programs, is expected to debut the new tech in a new show on MTV Music in Australia in 2017  —  Viewers used to chant “I want my MTV!”  In 2017, they may just be able to help create their MTV.  —  The network's owner, Viacom …
Politico:
In Washington, AT&T-Time Warner deal could struggle to gain regulatory approval as both Trump and Clinton campaigns and congressional lawmakers express concern  —  An ambitious bid by AT&T to buy Time Warner could face major political obstacles in merger-wary Washington …
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Bezos talks at conference about paywalls, micro-payments, The Washington Post's editorial independence, Trump and the media, and Peter Thiel  —  Jeff Bezos, Amazon chief and owner of the Washington Post, isn't sure that services like paywalls and tiered subscriptions can work for publishers.
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix says it plans to raise $800M in debt, bringing total long-term debt to $3B, says it will use the new debt for general corporate purposes
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Fusion employees say executives held meetings in four offices discouraging unionization
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